Germans came over to where we were bivouacked

TCD MS 3416 page 45

TCD MS 3416 page 45

[June 1916]

ing unable to march. I reported this to General Melliss who went with Halim Bey to the local Commandant to protest against the ill treatment of these men, he asked that a wire should be sent to the Pascha at Aleppo, requesting that these men should be removed back to a Hospital in Aleppo by train until fit to proceed again. General Melliss distributed 5 liras amongst these sick men for milk etc.

An amusing incident happened here. There were a certain number of German officers and men engaged in motor transport work, and in taking some heavy artillery down to the Suez-Canal: these men came over to where we were bivouacked to pay us a friendly visit, and we were all busily engaged in relating our various experiences, buying tinned sausages, and discussing the Turks and things in general. A Turkish officer, however, evidently could not understand this fraternising far from the sound of battle and ordered the Germans out of the camp. This dumfounded the sentries, for we were now all mixed up, and as our caps and uniforms were similar to those worn by the Germans, half of us were pushed out of the camp and half of our German visitors were kept inside!